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Journaling Prompts

Given or Earned: Growing up many of us were taught to respect our elders – parents, teachers, etc. What do you think about whether respect is due certain people? Do elders and leaders have to earn your respect? With all the stories of people in positions of power misusing it, what standards should we set about how respect is given and received? Have you shown respect for someone or something without question and then found out it/they were not worthy of such respect?


Self-respect: One of the most important lessons we can learn is how to respect ourselves – our bodies, our emotions. How do you show self-respect – by standing up for what you believe in and holding your ground? By taking great care of your body, resting, eating well, and exercising? By being kind to yourself, less self-critical and gentler with your difficult emotions?


Love, Honor…: Traditional marriage vows usually include some form of the phrase ‘love, honor and _____’. Used to be ‘obey,’ and then I guess someone realized it wasn’t happening anyway. Sometimes you hear ‘cherish’, and sometimes, ‘respect’. If you’re married, what words did you use, and what words actually make sense to you as a guide to a healthy partnership? If you’re not married, do you envision a partnership that encompasses these words? What order would you place them in based on their importance to you?


Dis: What are the things that others in your life could do to DISrespect you – what are the behaviors you hold as signs of respect and which are signs of disregard? Are there definite deal-breakers for you in terms of how your friends or family behave toward you? Have you ever broken your own rules and allowed someone to mistreat you?


Paying Tribute: As we get older, we are more and more often placed in the position of needing to say goodbye to those we love.  How do you pay tribute to those who have gone before? Do you have non-traditional ways of remembering and honoring your loved ones? Which methods of remembering and paying tribute speak to your heart and help you to heal from losses?

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu


Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.

Philip James Bailey


Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

Albert Einstein


One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill


I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.

Edward Gibbon


I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.

Julius Erving


When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.

Mark Twain


I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.

Abraham Lincoln


There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.

Henri Frederic Amiel


Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Albert Camus


Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.



The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.

William Lyon Phelps


Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

Abraham Joshua Heschel


To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

Joan Didion


As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God's design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.

Stockwell Day


To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.



I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.

J. D. Salinger


I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them.

Leon Kass


If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

Maya Angelou


I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty.

Summer Altice


Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

Bruce Lee


Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?

Abdul Kalam


I want to be very close to someone I respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me.

Richard Bach


Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.

Kiana Tom


It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment.

Jasmine Guy


Walk a mile in my shoes is good advice. Our children will learn to respect others if they are used to imagining themselves in another's place.

Neil Kurshan


It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

Henry David Thoreau


There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.

William Hazlitt


Respect for another man's opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being.

Sargent Shriver


Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.

Miguel Angel Ruiz


Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss.

Nathaniel Branden


You have to have enough respect for other human beings to leave their lives alone. If you admire that life, build it for yourself. Don't just try to come in and take somebody else's life.

Elizabeth Edwards


Respect... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.

Annie Gottlieb





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